Life & Soul Magazine’s Travel Guide to Eco Spas will whet your appetite for a vacation that brings healing to holidaymakers in accommodations that work in harmony with the planet.
12. The Scarlet, Cornwall, UK
Cornwall is home to some of the best beaches in the UK, and if you desire to experience some of the best coastal views within the comfort of an eco-friendly retreat, you may want to consider a trip to the clifftop-located hotel and spa, The Scarlet.
Based atop Mawgan Porth’s cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, The Scarlet is one of Cornwall’s top boutique hotels. Luxurious yet laidback, The Scarlet hotel and spa encourages peace, tranquility and harmony both internally and externally.
Built to the highest eco standards, The Scarlet hotel and spa go all out when it comes to sustainability – from the building itself, local produce that dominates the restaurant menu right through to the local conservation projects that the business supports. Solar panels heat both indoor and outdoor pools. The rest of the heating comes from a biomass boiler that burns locally harvested woodchips.
Heat recapture and heat exchangers, grass roofing and grey-water recycling initiatives are deployed. Everything that can be is recycled. Staff share cars to minimise their carbon footprint, and are paid to pick up litter from the beach in company time.
The real draw to this adults only, clifftop located hotel is its eco spa. Being by the ocean, the water element plays an important and special role at The Scarlet spa with both an indoor and an outdoor.
The stone-lined, natural swimming pool outdoors is filled with freshwater, which is filtered by reeds. And if the Atlantic views are not enough to gawp at, the cliff side, wood barrelled hot tubs make for one of the most pleasurable beach-side experiences.
The hot tubs and the outdoor swimming pool may offer unrivalled views of the coast, but on days too cold to venture outside for long, the spa has a heated swimming pool too offering panoramic views aplenty. Fortunately, The Scarlet hotel and spa has been designed by-and-large to encompass nature so the tall glass walls serve to give one the impression that one is outdoors.
The spa, which is open to both hotel guests and day spa users, also offers a sauna and steam room and a number of treatments including scrubs and massages. Cocoon-like swinging pods offer a fun and relaxed way to unwind following treatments.
Being an adults only hotel and spa, The Scarlet offers couples and singles a chance to unwind in luxury and in peace. For those whose trip to The Scarlet extends beyond the spa, each of the 37 bedrooms, spread across five floors, includes a balcony overlooking the beach and some have their own gardens, wrap-round terraces and viewing pods.
The family-owned hotel, The Scarlet, is run by three sisters who intended it for adults only “to help couples reconnect”. So if you and your partner are in need of some time together, to wash away any concerns and to move forward in your relationship, the oceanside hotel and spa, The Scarlet may be the perfect, nurturing spot to do that.
Images source: The Scarlet
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea